NativeScript Core

Chart Candlestick Series

CandlestickSeries are a type of CategoricalSeries that are typically used to illustrate movements in the price of a financial instrument over time. That movement is represented by candles visualizing the open, high, low and close price for a specific period. Candlesticks are composed of a body, and an upper and a lower shadow (wick). The body displays the range between the opening (starting) price and the closing (ending) price over one unit of time, e.g., one day or one hour. The wick illustrates the highest and lowest traded prices of an asset during the time interval represented. The candles are shown in different colors depending on whether prices rose or fell in that period.


To display a Candlestick Chart, you will need to:

  • Add RadCartesianChart to your page.
  • Set the chart's horizontalAxis to a category axis (CategoricalAxis, DateTimeCategoricalAxis or DateTimeContinuousAxis).
  • Set the chart's verticalAxis to a value axis (LinearAxis or LogarithmicAxis).
  • Add at least one instance of CandlestickSeries to the chart's series property and set its items property to a collection of data items, its categoryProperty to the name of the property of the data items that will be used to determine their category, and the openPropertyName, highPropertyName, lowPropertyName and closePropertyName to the names of the properties used to determine the open, high, low and close values.

To illustrate this setup, let's create an example. First we will create a source with items:

Example 1: Define a source with data

get candleStickSourceItems() {
    return [
        { Date: "01/6/2015", Open: 100, Close: 85, Low: 50, High: 139 },
        { Date: "27/7/2015", Open: 60, Close: 150, Low: 40, High: 159 },
        { Date: "18/8/2015", Open: 120, Close: 81, Low: 45, High: 141 },
        { Date: "19/9/2015", Open: 105, Close: 200, Low: 55, High: 250 }

We use an instance of this model to assign it as the bindingContext of the page we have put our Scatter Bubble series on:

Example 2: Update bindingContext

import { FinancialDataModel } from "../../data-models/financial-data-model";

export function onPageLoaded(args) {
    const page = args.object;
    page.bindingContext = new FinancialDataModel();

And finally, in the XML definition of the page we put a RadCartesianChart, add a ScatterBubbleSeries instance to it and bind the series to the source of data:

Example 3: Add chart to page's markup

<navigation:ExamplePage xmlns:navigation="navigation/example-page" loaded="onPageLoaded" xmlns:chart="nativescript-ui-chart" xmlns="">
    <chart:RadCartesianChart id="cartesianChart">
            <chart:DateTimeCategoricalAxis  dateFormat="yyyy-MM-dd" verticalLocation="Bottom" />
                items="{{ candleStickSourceItems }}">

Figure 1: Chart with CandlestickSeries on Android (left) and iOS (right)

Cartesian chart: Candlestick series Cartesian chart: Candlestick series


Want to see this scenario in action? Check our SDK examples repo on GitHub. You will find this and many other practical examples with NativeScript UI.

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